The fabulous Meryl Streep called Trump out last night while accepting a Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe event. Via WaPo, here’s an excerpt of her speech:
An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that — breathtaking, compassionate work. There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.
And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
With characteristic lack of self-awareness, Trump responded via Twitter that Streep is overrated and a big loser Hillary flunky. Kellyanne Conway was all over the morning news shows to repeat the lie that Trump wasn’t imitating New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, even though it’s obvious to any sentient creature who views the video that’s exactly what he was doing.
Like Trump himself, Conway is a sworn enemy of the truth. But this morning’s performance surely makes her the favorite for this year’s “Most Hilarious Use of Projection to Deny Reality” Award:
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 9, 2017
Neither Trump nor his flacks asked the violent, racist creeps who committed hate crimes in Trump’s name in the wake of their Electoral College victory to knock it off.* But Meryl Streep is the villain here because she won’t fall into line behind Cheeto Benito.
It really drives the Trumpsters nuts, this continued resistance, this lack of deference, this ongoing contempt shown toward their idol. That tells me we’re on the right track.
Give Trump a chance? Nope. He’s a person of exceedingly low character who has already damaged the country before being sworn in. I owe Trump and his pack of grifting hyenas exactly nothing.
But I believe I owe my country resistance to the Trump agenda, and my project today in service of that idea is to call my senators and urge them not to even consider confirmation of Trump’s cabinet picks without completed background checks and ethics reviews.
The Republicans have the numbers to push their slate of extremist billionaires and delusional cranks through without Democrats, and they’ll likely peel off a few flinchy blue dogs like Manchin. But to the extent the Democrats can make Trump and the GOP own that cabal of greedheads and incompetents, they should. If you agree, please consider calling your senators too.
*ETA: Turns out, my statement above is not accurate — in a 60 Minutes interview, after saying he hadn’t heard the reports of violence carried out in his name, then saying he’d only heard of a couple of incidents and attempting to minimize the issue, Trump did say, “Stop it.” Thanks to commenters who pointed that out. I don’t think it detracts from the point, though: Streep isn’t the one who is “inciting people’s worst instincts” — Conway’s boss is.